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2013Rocker, Lou Reed, dies at age 71. His cause of death is not released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver transplant earlier in the year. Reed formed The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, who were widely hailed as one of the most influential American bands of all time. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Reeds biggest hit was Walk on the Wild Side.
312Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.
710The Saracen invasion of Sardinia begins.
921Emperor Chai Rong of China is born in Xingzhou (present-day Xingtai, Hebei), China. He was the second emperor of Imperial China's short-lived Later Zhou, during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.
939Ethelstan, the first King of England, dies and is succeeded by his half-brother, Edmund I.
1272Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, dies in Villaines-en-Duesmois, France, at age 59.
1275The the city of Amsterdam is founded in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
1374Korean ruler, Gongmin of Goryeo, is killed in his sleep, at age 44. He was the second son of King Chungsuk. In addition to his various Korean names, he bore the Mongolian name of Bayan Temür.
1401Catherine of France is born Catherine of Valois in Paris, France. She was the descendant, consort, and ancestor of kings. A daughter of Charles VI of France, she married Henry V of England, and gave birth to his heir, Henry VI of England. Catherine's older sister, Isabella, was Queen of England from 1396 to 1399, as the child bride of Richard II.
1439Albert II of Germany dies in Neszmély, Hungary, at age 42.
1505Ivan III of Russia dies in Moscow, Grand Duchy of Moscow, at age 65. Called Ivan the Great, he was one of the longest-reigning Russian rulers in history.
1524During the Italian Wars, French troops lay siege to Pavia.
1553Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus is burned at the stake just outside Geneva, Switzerland.
1644The Second Battle of Newbury takes place in the English Civil War.
1682The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded.
1782Violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, is born in Genoa, Republic of Genoa. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. He gave many financially successful tours of Europe and Britain in his career. His caprices have been recomposed for piano and orchestra by such composers as Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff. He was such a virtuoso that a rumor developed he had sold his soul to the devil for his playing ability.
1795The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which establishes the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.
1806The French Army enters Berlin, Germany, following the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt.
1810The United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida.
1811Businessman, Isaac (Merritt) Singer, is born in Pittstown, New York. He founded the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many others had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis.
1838Missouri Governor, Lilburn Boggs, issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
1858Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, is born in New York, New York. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1901, and as the 33rd Governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
1870Marshal François Achille Bazaine surrenders to Prussian forces at the conclusion of the Siege of Metz, along with 140,000 French soldiers, in one of the biggest French defeats of the Franco-Prussian War.
1904The New York subway system is inaugurated with the opening of the Interborough Rapid Transit system, from the Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr., presides. The fare is a nickel and will stay at that price until 1948, when it will rise to a dime.
1907Fifteen people are killed in the Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary, when a gunman opens fire on a crowd gathered at a church consecration. This would lead to protests over the treatment of minorities in Austria-Hungary.
1913Tribal historian, Joe Medicine Crow, is born Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird near Lodge Grass, Montana. He will live to be the last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe. His Crow name was "High Bird," and he recalled listening as a child to stories about the Battle of Little Bighorn from those who were there, including his grandmother's brother, White Man Runs Him, a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. He served for decades as a Crow historian, cataloging his people's nomadic history by collecting firsthand accounts of pre-reservation life from fellow tribal members.
1914The British lose their first battleship of World War I, when the British super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (23,400 tons) is sunk off Tory Island, north-west of Ireland, by a minefield laid by the armed German merchant-cruiser, Berlin. The loss is kept an official secret in Britain until November 14, 1918 (three days after the end of the war). The sinking is witnessed and photographed by passengers on the RMS Olympic sister ship of RMS Titanic.
1914Poet, Dylan Thomas, is born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. He married at the age of 22, and with a wife and three children to support, he took a job writing radio scripts for the British Ministry of Information. He was an aircraft gunner during World War II, and after the war, became a commentator on poetry for the BBC. The demands of earning a living, combined with a fast-paced and hard-drinking lifestyle, kept his poetic output small. But what he did write was hugely successful. In 1952 and 1953, he toured widely in the United States, drinking, lecturing, and reading poetry in his hypnotic Welsh brogue. He is best known for his Collected Poems and for the radio play Under Milk Wood.
1916Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son, Emperor Iyasu V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zewditu I.
1916The first published reference to jazz appears in the entertainment industry paper Variety.
1922A referendum in Rhodesia rejects the country's annexation to the South African Union.
1922Actress, Ruby Dee, is born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio. She appeared in the films The Jackie Robinson Story, No Way Out, Go, Man, Go!, Edge of the City, Virgin Island, St. Louis Blues, Take a Giant Step, A Raisin in the Sun, The Balcony, The Incident, Buck and the Preacher, Cat People, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, American Gandster, and Steam. She was married to actor, Ossie Davis.
1923Pop artist, Roy Fox Lichtenstein, is born in New York, New York. He is best known for his paintings in the style of graphic novels, featuring thick outlines, bold colors and Ben-Day dots. An outstanding example of this style can be seen in his work, Drowning Girl, on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
1924The Uzbek SSR is founded in the Soviet Union.
1925Water skis are patented by Fred Waller.
1930Ratifications exchanged in London, England, for the first London Naval Treaty (signed in April), modifying the 1925 Washington Naval Treaty and the arms limitation treaty's modified provisions, go into effect immediately, further limiting the expensive naval arms race among its five signatories.
1932The permanent home to Pinacoteca Vaticana, one of the Vatican museum galleries, opens to the public. Before Pope Pius XI commissioned the design and construction of the building, the gallery was housed in the Borgia Apartment. Many important religious masterpieces call the gallery home, including Giotto's Stefaneschi Triptych; Raphael's Madonna of Foligno, the Oddi Altarpiece, and Transfiguration; Leonardo da Vinci's St. Jerome in the Wilderness; Caravaggio's Entombment; and Perugino's Madonna and Child with Saints and San Francesco.
1932Poet, Sylvia Plath, is born in Boston, Massachusetts. She published only two books before her death in 1963: a volume of poetry called The Colossus and Other Poems and the autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, about a young woman's struggle with mental illness.
1933Pianist, Floyd Cramer, is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He first worked as a pianist for the Louisiana Hayride radio show. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1955, and before long, he was one of the busiest studio musicians in the industry, playing piano for Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, the Browns, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, and the Everly Brothers. As a solo artist, he had a big hit with Last Date, and was known for his "slip note" piano style, where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note.
1936Mrs. Wallis Simpson obtains her divorce decree nisi, which will eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, forcing his abdication from the throne.
1938DuPont announces that its new synthetic fiber will be called nylon.
1939Comedian-actor, John (Marwood) Cleese, is born in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He is best known as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He appeared in the films Interlude, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, The Magic Christian, The Statue, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Time Bandits, Yellowbeard, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Silverado, A Fish Called Wanda, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Fierce Creatures, Rat Race, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
1940Gangster, John Gotti, is born John Joseph Gotti, Jr. in the Bronx, New York. Gotti was one of the most powerful crime bosses during his era, and became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style.
1945Mark Ryan, of Quicksilver Messenger Service, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1945Actress, Carrie Snodgress, is born Caroline Snodgress in Barrington, Illinois. She appeared in the films Easy Rider, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Rabbit Run, The Fury, The Attic, A Night in Heaven, Pale Rider, Murphys Law, The Ballad of Little Jo, 8 Seconds, Blue Sky, and White Mans Burden.
1946Film director, Ivan Reitman, is born in Komárno, Slovakia. His films include Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Legal Eagles, Twins, Beethoven, Dave, Space Jam, Private Parts, Road Trip, and Hitchcock.
1948Léopold Sédar Senghor founds the Senegalese Democratic Bloc.
1954Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
1958Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'état by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier.
1961NASA tests the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.
1962Major Rudolf Anderson of the U.S. Air Force becomes the only direct human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when his U-2 reconnaissance airplane is shot down in Cuba by a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile.
1962A plane carrying Enrico Mattei, post-war Italian administrator, crashes under mysterious circumstances.
1962Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, offers to remove soviet missiles from Cuba in exchange for U.S. missiles being removed from Turkey, thus ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1962The Rolling Stones make their first recordings at Curly Clayton Studios in London, England. The band, which currently consists of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, and drummer Tony Chapman, cut Muddy Waters' Soon Forgotten, Jimmy Reed's Close Together, and Bo Diddley's You Can't Judge a Book (By Looking at the Cover).
1963Model and actress, Marla Maples, is born in Cohutta, Georgia. She appeared in the films Executive Decision, For Richer or Poorer, Happiness, Black & White, Loving Annabelle, and A Nanny for Christmas. She was married to billionaire real estate mogel and 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
1964Ronald Reagan delivers a speech on behalf of the Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launches his political career and comes to be known as "A Time for Choosing."
1964Singer, Sonny Bono, marries Cher, who wears bell-bottoms to the wedding.
1966Political commentator, Matt Drudge, is born Matthew Nathan Drudge in Takoma Park, Washington. He is the creator and editor of The Drudge Report. Drudge's early life consisted of a series of odd jobs culminating in the position of manager of the CBS gift shop, where he picked up various tidbits of news and gossip. The Drudge Report started as emails to friends; part commentary and part gossip. He began posting his reports to a Showbiz Gossip Usenet group and started collecting subscribers. In March 1995, The Drudge Report had 1,000 email subscribers, and by 1997, the number had grown to 85,000. By 2007, both Republicans and Democrats were working hard to get favorable coverage for their candidates on popular website's home page. At that time, the Nielsen/NetRatings reported that The Drudge Report was getting three million unique visitors each month, which is approximately 1% of the population of America.
1967Catholic priest, Philip Berrigan, and others of the Baltimore Four, protest the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records.
1967A chart topper: Expressway to Your Heart by Soul Survivors.
1967Scott (Richard) Weiland, of Stone Temple Pilots, is born in San Jose, California. Weiland's onstage persona was flamboyant and chaotic and he was constantly changing his appearance and vocal style, as well as his use of a megaphone in concert for vocal effect.
1971The Democratic Republic of the Congo is renamed Zaire.
1971Yoko Onos art exhibition, This Is Not Here, comes to a close at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.
1973A 1.4 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes in Cañon City, Colorado.
1979Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
1980The John Lennon/Yoko Ono single (Just Like) Starting Over/Kiss Kiss Kiss is released in the U.S.
1980Steve Took, of T. Rex, dies due to asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry in North Kensington, London, England, at age 31. His death is often listed as a "drugs misadventure." He was asked to leave T. Rex in 1969, after several bizarre incidents that included giving himself a vicious beating onstage.
1981The Soviet submarine S-363 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
1984Television personality, Kelly (Lee) Osbourne, is born in Westminster, London, England. Her father is rocker, Ozzy Osbourne. Her mother is businesswoman and TV personality, Sharon Osbourne.
1986In an event now referred to as the Big Bang, the government of the United Kingdom suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country.
1986The posthumous John Lennon CD, Menlove Avenue, is released in the U.S. It includes rare tracks that had not been previously issued on authorized releases.
1988Ronald Reagan decides to tear down the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow because of Soviet listening devices in the building structure.
1990Bandleader, Xavier Cugat, dies of heart failure in his suite at the Hotel Ritz in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, at age 90. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a leading figure in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. In New York, he was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before and after World War II.
1991Turkmenistan achieves independence from the Soviet Union.
1992U.S. Navy radioman, Allen R. Schindler, Jr., is murdered by shipmate, Terry M. Helvey, for being gay. This begins the debate about gays in the military that results in the United States "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
1994Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified.
1995Former Prime Minister of Italy, Bettino Craxi, is convicted in absentia of corruption.
1997Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 554.26 points to 7,161.15.
1999Gunmen open fire in the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan; Parliament Chairman, Karen Demirchyan; and six other members.
2009Actor, John David Carson, dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 57. He appeared in the films Pretty Maids All in a Row, The Day of the Dolphin, Creature from Black Lake, Stay Hungry, Empire of the Ants, The Fifth Floor, and Pretty Woman.
2013Rocker, Lou Reed, dies of liver disease in Southampton, New York, at age 71. He had undergone a life-saving liver transplant earlier in the year. Reed formed The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, who were widely hailed as one of the most influential American bands of all time. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Reeds biggest hit was Walk on the Wild Side.
2014Britain withdraws from Afghanistan after the end of Operation Herrick, after 12 years, four months, and seven days.
2015Actress, Betsy Drake, dies in London, England, at age 92. She appeared in the films Every Girl Should Be Married, Dancing in the Dark, Pretty Baby, Room for One More, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Intent to Kill, and Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion.
2016NASA announces the return of the final piece of data collected during New Horizons' flyby of Pluto in July 2015. The data, taking about five hours at light speed to travel across 3.4 billion miles, arrives back at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
2016Prince Mikasa of Japan, the oldest member of the Imperial Family, dies of cardiac arrest in Tokyo, Japan, at age 100.
2017A Rolex watch worn by Paul Newman sells at auction for $17.8 million. The Rolex Daytona was originally given to Newman by his wife, Joanne Woodward, around the time they were filming the movie Winning in the late 1960s.
2017Catalonia declares independence from Spain. The euro drops to a three-month low after the declaration is made.
2017The High Court of Australia declares that five parliamentarians are ineligible to serve.
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